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01.04.2019 03:25
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EAST RUTHERFORD Phil Simms Color Rush Jersey , N.J. (AP) — After turning over half their roster.The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are another story. They were expected to make a run at being the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots won title games after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.The Eagles (2-3) head into Thursday night’s game at MetLife Stadium against the Giants (1-4), looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since the 2016 season. A fourth loss would be more than they had last season.While some might point to a Super Bowl hangover, it’s also a combination of having a target on their backs, injuries and bad play.“We know we’re going to get everybody’s best and we’ve seen it already this season,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.“I’ve addressed the team that way. It doesn’t mean we have to; it’s not about panic mode or anything in that nature, it’s just a heightened sense of urgency. The mistakes we’re making are self-inflicted and it’s keeping us from possibly winning a game or two here or there, and we understand that.”So do the Giants. They have not played horribly in coach Pat Shurmur’s first season. They are not making enough plays, and too many mistakes.Odell Beckham Jr., who caught a touchdown and threw another in the Giants’ 33-31 loss to Carolina last weekend, is glad this is a short week and the Eagles are the opponent in the weak NFC East where no team has a winning record.“Defending Super Bowl champs coming in here, Thursday night game, but right now the focus is more on this just one game, and not putting so much pressure on what it could do for us,” Beckham said. “But this is a game that we need to win against a division rival.”The Eagles have won the past three against New York and seven of eight.Beckham doesn’t care.“There’s always a team each and every year where everything is right for them,” Beckham said of the Eagles.“Even watching them last year Harry Carson Color Rush Jersey , there was third downs, third-and-7s — they got all of them. It’s just the little stuff that was going on for them all year that was happening that allowed them to win each and every game. I don’t know if I’ve seen that in the past games.”Here are a couple of things to watch:STOPPING ERTZEagles tight end Zach Ertz has at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in each of his past two games. He is looking to become the fifth player in league history to record three consecutive 10-catch, 100-yard games. The Giants have the league’s eighth-best pass defense, and that’s with only six sacks this season. New York safety Landon Collins also does a good job in slowing down opposing tight ends. Expect to see him go against Ertz.SCOUTING SAQUONEagles defensive end Michael Bennett compared Saquon Barkley to a combination of Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles. Linebacker Jordan Hicks said the defense has to make sure it’s aware of Barkley on every snap. Philadelphia had the NFL’s best run defense last season and opponents are averaging 66.4 yards this year, with 42.4 yards by running backs.“He’s a dynamic player,” Hicks said. “He’s used in many ways, he’s a strong, physical runner and can make every cut. We have to contain him.”STERLING EFFORTGiants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has played against the Eagles four times and caught a touchdown in every game. He had two big games last season, catching a total of 18 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Shepard might have something to prove this week. He ran the wrong route Sunday and it led to an interception. The third-year pro took out his frustration on a bench and a garbage can. “I really wanted to win that game. That’s the bottom line. I felt it kind of slipping away right there.”WHERE’S THE RUSH?The Eagles only have 12 sacks this season and the inability of the front four to bring down quarterbacks has hurt because coordinator Jim Schwartz doesn’t like to blitz and relies on the linemen to get sacks. As a result, the pass defense has suffered. Eli Manning gets the ball out quickly, but he’s been sacked 16 times this season.“We can rush better, we can get to the quarterback more,” three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “The defensive line drives this team. We have to do better.”KICKING GAMEJake Elliott of the Eagles has made seven straight field goals. He also beat the Giants with a 61-yarder last season. Coincidently, Graham Gano beat New York with a 63-yarder last weekend. Aldrick Rosas of the Giants has been perfect this season making all 11 of his field goals and seven extra points. He has an injured quad and his status is uncertain. Marshall Koehn, who was in training camp Lawrence Taylor Color Rush Jersey , was signed to the practice squad Tuesday. He has kicked in one NFL regular-season game. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — This is getting to look familiar to New York Giants fans. Too familiar.With Odell Beckham Jr., healthy, rookie Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Sterling Shepard emerging as a complementary target, the Giants’ offense should be far more dangerous than in last season’s debacle.It sure didn’t look that way Sunday in a 33-18 loss to New Orleans. The Saints didn’t even need Drew Brees to be his usual dominating self because, after New York’s superb opening drive, the offense pretty much went silent until it was too late.Reminiscent of last year under a different coaching staff that didn’t survive the full schedule and the Giants wound up 3-13.“It’s a tough question. It seems like it shouldn’t be this hard, but it is,” said Beckham, held to 60 yards on seven receptions. “We got to come with the energy like our game last week (a win at Houston). It’s not one person doing this or one person doing that. It’s got to be everybody. We’ve just got to stick together.“It’s definitely not the results we want, the outcome. It’s not the way we want to play.”It’s similar to how they played in 2017, though, and that’s been true throughout September, when they went 1-3 to fall into the NFC East cellar they occupied last season.Following an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive on their first series that Shepard capped with a 2-yard scoring catch from Eli Manning Carl Banks Color Rush Jersey , the offensive stagnated. While their defense held New Orleans to four first-half field goals, the Giants were managing two punts and a lost fumble.Then the Saints got their attack on track and the Giants couldn’t keep up.“We were going to just have to have some long drives and continue to play that way,” said Manning, whose solid numbers — 31 for 41 for 255 yards and one touchdown — belied the effectiveness of the offense. “There were a few times where they knocked us out of some good down and distance and we weren’t able to sustain some drives.”When the Giants brought in Pat Shurmur, the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 while coordinating Minnesota’s offense, then added Barkley as the No. 2 overall draft pick, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The elements at the skill positions were in place with Beckham back to health and tight end Evan Engram (now out with a sprained knee) rapidly developing.But Manning needs solid protection, something he rarely gets. Barkley is terrific and picking up yards on his own, but that’s a difficult chore down after down.So the Giants have scored 73 points in four games, with 27 coming in the win at Houston.“We need to score more points,” Shurmur said, stating the obvious. “We had a good first drive and we have to do more of it throughout. That’s what I make of it. We need to get better.“We need to get back to work and play our way through this. You just keep working. You play your way out of it and you coach your way out of it. Period. That’s what you do. That’s the reality of it. That’s what I trust our guys and our coaches will do.”It won’t be easy with staunch defenses in Carolina and Philadelphia up next.“I think we have talent,” Manning said. We just have to put it all together.”

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